Strip club owner says church’s complaint has delayed opening in Newport News

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Newport News, Va. - Michael Dickinson is trying to get the doors to Bazooka Showgirls in Newport News open, but he says he has run into a problem after he applied for his liquor license.

"I deserve the right to open my business and not be persecuted," said Michael Dickinson, "Right before we were ready to go, someone objected. The agent told me I had an objection on file and tells me it was a local church."

Leaders with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said the liquor license application for this business is currently under investigation which is normal any time someone applies for one.

They said they can't discuss details of any complaints filed but did say churches and schools have the right to object to a liquor license.

There are no hard and fast rules related to ABC licenses issued in proximity to schools and churches. Virginia Code 4.1-222 (2c) states that schools and churches have a right to object to a license if the “operation of such place under such license will adversely affect or interfere with the normal, orderly conduct of the affairs of such facilities or institutions.”

Dickinson said he is annoyed and said the complaint caused delays.

"I think it's kind of ironic because churches are constantly asking for people to tolerate them, to be respectful of their religious beliefs, yet at the same time, they have no problem sticking their nose in other people's business and other people's livelihoods.  Every day we are not open I'm losing money. The people that work for me are not able to work and make money for their families."

He said he hired about 25 people to work at the strip joint.

NewsChannel 3 drove around and tried to find the church that made the complaint but our attempts were unsuccessful.

Bazooka Showgirls is where the old Junction Go Go Club used to be.

Headlights Gentlemen's Club is in the same plaza, and some people told us they were surprised to hear there was a complaint.

"We haven't had any problems out here. It's mostly just local people," said Linda Scrugss who works nearby.

"I'm not going to have them throw religious stuff for my face or scare me away. They're welcome to come here. We welcome Christians," said Dickinson.

He said he was told there will be a hearing on the issue, but it's unclear when that will be.

12 comments

  • Timothy Wilson

    I think it is interesting that in quotes he calls his efforts a business, but when you reference his business owing the statement to him you call the business a “strip joint”. Is that the bias of the author of the article???

  • Spin

    So now people on WIC are all strippers and immoral? I guess you skipped the “thou shall not judge” and just pay attention to the parts of the bible that you like. Very Christian of you. And by the way, that was sarcasm. And that is also why religion needs to stay out of business and state affairs. Most religious people don’t even follow the rules of their own religion so why should the rest of us?

    • NewNewportNewsMinority

      Trust me, my religious beliefs have nothing to do with my disdain for garbage people who want to be pimps and whores. My mother is sixty seven years old and is STILL working at a real job and not once has she ever thought her only option was to use her body to titillate other garbage people. The interviewee and his ’employees’ are the bottom of the barrel and deserve no consideration for they contribute nothing to society. Period.

  • johnny

    Mike Dickinson owes money to all the people that work in the bar the first 5 weeksI don’t believe it was the churches at all I believehe may be facing a lean.he should be ashamed of himself for what he said about the churchhe is a slimy snake and is getting what he deserves

  • Mike Dickinson Lies A Lot.

    Lets see, this news station failed to mention this jerk is running for Office, so he says. But in reality, he lied and is not! They failed to mention this guy things its okay to shame women, try and pay for revenge porn, is an admitted liar (of Fox News where he was called out), etc. How much you want to bet that this guy submitted the claim himself and is using it as a stunt. Which if that is the case, he should be arrested.

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